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Keep These Items On Hand For Entertaining

In etiquette, how to, lifestyle on December 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm


It’s that time of year where entertaining is becoming more frequent and addition to considering where to go and what to wear, partaking of delicious food and drink is also top of everyone’s mind.  Instead of going out, many people will take on the task of being the host of the party and if that’s you, there are a few things to consider.  Whether you are hosting an impromptu gathering of friends “just stopping by” or having a more formal get together, there are some pantry staples that you want to keep on hand (or at least top of mind) to make entertaining a breeze.  Ahead are ideas for items you can pick up at your local market to make your get together fun, festive and delicious!

Wine, Champagne, Sparkling Water/Juice. In addition to always having water nearby, these particular beverages speak sophistication and can enhance the flavor of the items you serve your guests.

Popcorn.  Great for impromptu gatherings and easy to prepare, popcorn is the perfect snack without a ton of calories.  Sprinkle on a mixture of various seasonings to take your popcorn to the next level.  Give the following recepie a try:  a little olive oil, paprika, oregano, parsley, seasoned salt, chili powder and parmesean cheese.  Tortillas and salsa are also great options.

Crudite Platter.  Generally speaking, crudite platters usually consist of various vegetables.  Be creative and include various cheeses, meats,crackers/bread, fruit as well as hummus (or dip) and fruit spread.

Frozen Ravioli/Various Sauces.  Keeping these items on hand can make food prep a breeze.  Serve with salad and baguette.

Assorted Nuts and Chocolates.  Accessible at your local grocery store.  More variety and fun with a monthly subscription box or on nuts.com.

Ice Cream/Gellato.  Perfect to end the night.  Serve with coffee, berries, nuts, etc.

Candles/Flowers.  Perfect for the entryway and area where you are entertaining.

Serving Trays.  Serving trays make everything look more elegant.

Music Playlist.  Create ambiance with a continuous stream of great music.  This is easy to achieve with Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music.

 

 

 

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Tips For Hosting Overight Guests

In etiquette, how to, lifestyle on December 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Usually there is nothing more exciting than having your favorite people visit you from out of town.  When you have guests coming to stay with you for the weekend, you want to make their visit as pleasurable as possible.  And while you don’t have to do a home makeover, you want to make sure you extend the same hospitality and grace that you would like to have extended to you.  With the following tips and some planning, you can ensure that you an your guests have a wonderful extended time together.

First things first – figure out where your guest is going to sleep.  If you have a spare room, this won’t be too much of an issue.  If you live in an apartment, chances are your guest will sleep on the couch or on an air mattress.  Wherever your guest is going to sleep, make sure the area is comfortable, that the area has curtains/blinds and that you have provided pillows, clean linen, a blanket, waste basket and a cleared shelf or table for their use.  You can also provide bedside emergency such as a box of tissue, pain killers and antacids just in case.

Double check dates and times of arrivals, departures as well as length of visit.  If you are picking your guest up from the airport (train/bus station), make sure you have the correct location.  Nothing is worse than being on time at the wrong place.  I know.  I’ve done that.

If you have a driveway and your guest is driving to your home, save your best parking spot for them.  If you live in the city where parking is often difficult to find, let your guests know where and when to park.

Explain the quirks of your place and show your guest where everything is.  You have lived in your place for some time so you know how everything works.  You know about that toilet handle you have to jiggle and the door you have to lift and pull in order to close.  Make sure you pass this information on to your guests to save them the agony and possible embarrassment of fumbling around your home.

Stock up on toiletries and create a landing space for your guests things in the bathroom.  Usually guests bring their own personal items but it is always nice to provide a nice basket filled with body wash, unscented body lotion, toothbrush as well as a towel, washcloth, loofah, etc.  Also, make sure there is enough toilet tissue, and keep a toilet brush and a plunger nearby.

Keep a loose schedule so your guests have time to breathe, especially when they first arrive.  If your guest is in town to visit you specifically, you can always plan for activities ahead of time by asking what your guest wants to do.  If your guest is in town for business,  discuss your schedules in advance and make sure they have access into and out of your place.

Make sure your guest has your wifi access, any access codes to get into and out of your building.  Also make sure they know how to work the heater/air conditioner, remote controls and provide an extra power strip so they can plug up their computer, phone, etc.

Plan meals ahead of time and make sure you have something for your guest to snack on when they arrive.  If you can, go out to dinner one of the days your guest is in town.  Also, you can do some crock pot meals so that you don’t have to spend all of your time cooking. In addition, stock your fridge and pantry with goodies such as fruit, cheese, veggies, cold cuts, condiments, bread, pasta salad, crackers and chips that will be easy for you and your guest to fix meals and snacks.  And don’t forget the wine (or sparkling soda), juice and water.

What has been your experience with hosting or being an overnight guest in someone’s home?

 

 

 

 

 

Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Needs In Her Closet

In fashion, how to on December 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm


Have you ever looked in your closet and felt like you had a closet full of nothing to wear?  Perhaps you had an event or appointment to attend and an in a panic went shopping for the “right” outfit.  We have all been there.

Having key pieces of clothing in your wardrobe can be the difference between feeling like you have nothing to wear and feeling (and being) ready for anything.  The right pieces increase wardrobe functionality as well as creativity when planning outfits.

Continue reading to find out 10 essentials to add to your wardrobe.

  • Jumpsuit.  This one piece is a staple which can be styled multiple ways, and, depending on the material, can be worn year round.  Pair it with a blazer for work or strappy sandal for a night out on the town.
  • Lightweight Blazer.  Great for layering over a sheath dress or for wearing with a t-shirt and jeans.  A tuxedo styled blazer adds instant elegance if you are heading out after work or if you prefer to wear something that is edgy yet professional.
  • The LBD (Little Black Dress).  It goes without saying that having an LBD (or two) in your closet will keep you ready for a multitude of occasions.  A style such as the wrap dress is simple yet elegant and is flattering on most body types.
  • Dark Wash Jeans.  Creates a look that is polished and can take you from casual to elegant depending on what you pair them with.  Keep it simple by avoiding distressed styles which can distract from a clean, polished look.  Pair with a chic blazer or blouse for work and a sequinned top and stilettos for a night out on the town.  If you want an option that is more dressy, consider a high rise, flare leg silhouette in a more flowy denim material.
  • Basic White T-Shirt/Tank top/blouse.  These are great foundation pieces which can be worn with many things.  Add one in a silky material or with some embellishment for an elevated look.  Other basic colors to include in your wardrobe:  black, grey, and cream.
  • Pencil Skirt.  A simple piece, which is forgiving on most body types, can be paired with a multitude of pieces including tank tops, sweaters, and blazers.
  • Black Trousers.  Great option that can also take you from work to play, paired with a blazer, T-shirt and accessories.  Also great if skirts aren’t your thing.
  • Pump.  A simple pump can take you from work to play and can be paired with almost anything. A platform pump is a great middle ground and creates great structure for multitude of looks, including wide leg pants.
  • Loafer. An excellent alternative if heels are not your thing or for when you cant take another step in those pumps.  Opt for loafers in various skins (alligator), colors such as oxblood or even leopard print which can add a little pizzazz to an otherwise neutral outfit.
  • Tote Bag and Clutch.  A roomy, well constructed tote bag is essential for carrying your belongings while on the go.  A basic clutch is the perfect add on for when you don’t want to carry everything you normally carry in your tote or for when you need to make that quick transition from work to play.

What wardrobe pieces do you consider to be essential?

Quick Beauty Product Solutions

In beauty, how to, makeup on June 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Here are quick solutions for when two common beauty product start to run low and you haven’t had the time to replenish …

  • You know what happens when you start hitting pan with your favorite foundation or bronzer compact…the slightest jolt or bump can make your product shatter into a big mess all over the place.  To prevent that from happening, take a few cotton rounds to put in the compact to absorb impact.  If you carry  your product with you, I would also suggest putting that compact inside of a zip lock bag and then putting it into your cosmetic bag so the contents don’t get all over your other makeup.


  • You can also use a sifter jar to put the contents in.  This is not necessarily the most convenient if you carry your product with you for touch ups but it conserves your product.  You can find these jars here here or here.
  • What do you do when you have a tube of something like a moisturizer or foundation that is running low?  Many times you may not be able to squeeze anything out however many times there is still a great deal of product left in these tubes.  Just cut the tube open with a pair of clean scissors (if you can’t screw or pop the top off) and scoop the contents into a travel jar.  Usually if it is a bottle of product, you can screw the top off and pour the contents into a sample jar.

What are some of your beauty product solutions?

My Beauty Must Haves – Part 1

In beauty, how to, skincare on May 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm


I was in my bathroom the other day looking around at all of the product sitting on my shower caddy, bathroom counter and bathroom storage bin and thought to myself “This is a lot of product”.   Not that it’s a bad thing.  It’s just an observation.  And during this observation, I realized that yes, I might be considered a product junkie (and so what?) and yes, to many people, it really is a lot of product but these are some of the products that I will not live without.  You know why?  Because they give me results. They have helped me establish a routine for my skin which, for the most part, keeps me looking younger than my age and has delivered me from NEEDING to wear makeup.  That’s a big deal considering the fact that I used to look like a cross between a Nestle Crunch Candy Bar and a spotted leopard.

Anyway…

From creams, lotions and potions to lip gloss, eye shadow, hair care and fragrance, I have found my personal holy grail of beauty products that keep me – well – beautiful.  You want to know what I’m into?  Continue reading Part 1 of this series to discover my must haves. #slay

Skin

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser.  Every good skincare routine must include a cleanser for your skin type.  I love this cleanser because it’s a clean lightweight gel cleanser that is perfect for cleansing an purifying my skin. It clarifies my pores, controls excess sebum production and I don’t experience any irritation.  I use twice daily.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask.  I’ve been using this mask for a few years now.  It has recently been reformulated to include charcoal which draws out impurities.  Although it can be used on all skin types, I find that it is perfect for toning, cleaning and spot treating my oily skin.  This is the only mask that I have tried that makes my skin soft, smooth and refined and keeps breakouts and oil at bay. It also contains Umbrian Clay which takes down any inflammation I may experience from travel, etc.   I use this twice a week.

Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream.  I must admit that I have developed a particular mindset that if an eye cream is cheap it doesn’t work.  Not so with Clinque Pep Start Eye Cream.  This small tube packs quite a punch – all for $26.50. It hydrates, smooths, brightens and refreshes as well as some of the higher priced products I had been using.  I use it am and pm.

Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel.  When I tell people I use this product, they always say “But you don’t have acne” to which I say “Exactly”.  This oil free power house contains some powerful active ingredients such as licorice, salicylic acid and glycolic acid complex to diminish whiteheads, blackheads, residual discoloration such as acne scarring and other un-invited activity on the face.  It promotes cell turnover and anti-aging, keeping my skin bright and clear.  What more could I ask for?  I use it am and pm, applying a thin layer over my entire face and neck.

Clarisonic Mia 2.  So let me say that for years I have thrown massive amounts of shade and ill will towards the Clarisonic.  In my mind I thought ” I have hands.  I know how to wash my face.”  “I don’t need a fancy machine to help me take care of my skin.”  Mur Mur Mur.  Yap Yap Yap.  Roll eyes in the back of head.  Then it happened.  I received a Clarisonic Mia 2 a few months ago and it has truly been a game changer for me .  It really does clean my skin better than my hands (6x better) .  My skincare does work better – because absorption and efficacy of products is increased.  My skin is smoother, brighter more clear.  Whenever I travel, I take it with me.  It beeps to tell you when to go to the next quadrant of your face (4 beeps) but I complete my entire face within one beep then move to my neck, decolletage, and shoulders.  I use it every evening.  Just an FYI, your neck, decolletage, shoulders are extended areas of your face and should not be neglected.

Sephora Collection 8 hr Mattifying Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20.  Although I prefer a much higher SPF, I love how this product moisturizes and gives a bit of sun protection.  I don’t find that it provides the most effective mattification but it does give a little oil control.  I use this in the morning before my primer.

Blue Mercury M-61 Power Glow Peel.  I have used several peel pads before which were very disrepsectful to my skin, leaving it irritated, unbalanced and severely broken out so needless to say, I was apprehensive about trying these.  Let’s just say that I am obsessed.  These exfoliating peel pads are very gentle yet effective and they help with the occasional hormonal breakout as well.  I use these 3-4 times a week (although they can be used daily) in the evening prior to any serums, treatments, oils and/or moisturizers.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil.  I like using oils because they help to balance my oily skin (you read that right).  This oil contains actual rose petals as well as omegas 3,6,9 and vitamins A and C.  It keeps my skin soft and bright and helps to even out my skin tone and texture.  I use it am and pm by pressing into my skin and then apply my moisturizer.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brighten Enzyme Water Cream.  So as you can see, there is a recurring theme here with hydration, brightening, smoothing, clarifying, purifying, etc. but anyway… I actually just started using this cream.  I like using this cream because it provides intense hydration where I need it without being too heavy.  The hyaluronic acid leaves my skin plumped skin.  It also brightens and helps with hyper-pigmentation.  It can be used am and pm but I only use it in the evening as my final step.

Kate Somerville EradiKate.  I don’t break out much but I will occasionally get a pimple here and there.  Not acceptable!  When that does happen, I take a cotton swab and dab the formula on the offending eruption.  It’s also perfect for the pimple you can feel but can’t see.  I only use this at night or I leave it on all day if I’m not leaving the house.

Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water.  This is technically a cleanser but I believe in lather of some sort to cleanse the skin.  I use this as my toner because I like the way it removes any residual dirt, etc off my face. It also leaves my skin feeling soft and clarified, ready for the rest of my skincare routine.  I use this am and pm.

If you are wondering about the order of application of these products, the order is usually as follows:

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Essence (Currently not using.  I will let you know if and when I do)
  • Serum (Currently not using)
  • Treatment/spot treatment
  • Oil
  • Moisturizer

Hope that clarifies any confusion.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in my Beauty Must Haves Series to discover what my favorite make up products are.

 

Overcoming The Inevitable Beauty Rut

In beauty, how to, lifestyle, makeup on May 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

 Quick hacks for the inevitable beauty rut…

How many times have you looked in the mirror and have been brought to tears with the person staring back at you?  Same boring makeup from a year ago.  Same hairstyle from high school that never really did anything for you.  Same you. Different day.  Getting ready in the morning should not feel like a chore or make you cry.  It should be a time where you feel inspired to be your best.

Beauty ruts happen to the best of us.  Feeling bored and uninspired with your current look are some telltale signs however, breaking out of your beauty rut doesn’t have to be difficult.  By doing some research, a little planning and setting aside a few extra minutes in the morning.  It doesn’t have to take a complete makeover (although that is a great idea) or a lot of extra time.  In fact, changing one or two things in your beauty routine can reap considerable feel good and sexy rewards.  Consider some of the following ideas:

Go for a different eyeliner.  Been using that same liquid eyeliner?  Try layering your liners.  Use the same black liner that you normally use then layer a different color liner on top for a pop of color.  Or try smudging your liner for a smoky look.  You can even skip the liner (and eye shadow) all together and do a fringe lash for a defined yet slightly deconstructed look.  If you usually line with black liner, try a fun color like cobalt blue.

Try a new lip color.  Same boring lip color?  Like you, I have my signature red lip (Sephora Creme Lip Stain in Always Red) that I wear 99% of the time.  As great as it looks, even I go through periods of eye rolling boredom so I have to switch it up.  You can do the same by trying a glossy nude lip, an unconventional color such as purple or gray or even a red lip if you don’t usually wear that color.

Switch your mascara.  Not in the mood for the same black mascara? Try a different color like brown, blue or purple.  You can even try getting some lash extentions or even opt for a strip lash.

Don’t skip the blush.  Don’t use blush? – try some.  I know, some of you may hear circus music when you read that but you don’t have to look like clown.  Using blush is a great way to add warmth to the complexion.

Switch up your perfume.  There are new fragrances out there so you can probably put your Samsara and CK1 back on the shelf.  Or maybe the garbage.

Try a different body wash.  While you’re at it, switch to a luxurious body wash – one you may not usually go for that can make shower and bath time a wondrous experience.  One that leaves your skin soft and luxuriously scented is always a plus.  While you are at it, light a candle during your shower/bath time to elevate the experience.

Try a new hairstyle.  Perhaps you have been thinking about trying a new hair color or haircut.  Step out of your comfort zone and step up your beauty game because when you look in the mirror, you should think “Yaaasss gurl get em” instead of “ugg you disgust me”.  Try a new updo.  Curl your hair.  Try some pretty hair accessories.  Get on Pinterest, or IG for some hair inspiration and take said inspiration to your local beauty professional.  Take control of your beauty fate and don’t make any more excuses.

Change your nail color.  Yeah you have your signature nail color that everyone thinks looks amazing on you but you don’t have to wear it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME  you do your nails.  Dior Vernis Gel Shine And Long Wear Nail Lacquer 754 (a beautiful bright red) is my signature color but if I look at my hands one more time and see that color on my nails, I’m cutting my hands off.  See what I mean?  So go ahead and switch it up.  There are so many amazing colors out there for you to become acquainted with.

Change your skincare.  Hopefully you aren’t using the same skincare you used in high school.  You do have a skin care routine don’t you?  As you get older, your skin care needs will change and there are new skin concerns you should be addressing.  So go ahead, switch out that Clean and Clear today.  I’ll wait…

Rearrange your makeup.  How many times have you attempted to go do your makeup only to be greeted by what looks like a filthy swap meet?  Dirty makeup brushes.  Eyeshadow crumbs.  Blush with that questionable film on top.  Heck, you can’t even distinguish between lip liner and eye liner because everything is a big jumbled mess.  This type of disorganization does not make beauty time fun.  Consider some storage options (I live at The Container Store) so that you can organize your makeup.  Sometimes, just the thought, let alone the task of having to rummage through all of your makeup is a complete turnoff – making you want to go back to bed.

Schedule some “Me” time.  Be intentional about scheduling time away from the daily grind to recharge.  Get a massage at your local day spa or make a weekend of it and go to a spa resort.

These are only a few ideas to spark inspiration.  What are some things you do to overcome your beauty rut?

Watch Your Step

In beauty, fashion, how to on April 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

One of my biggest pet peeves is women who wear shoes that don’t fit, whether they are too big or too small.  As someone who has a thing for shoes, I understand the feeling of euphoria a person experiences when they see a gorgeous shoe from afar.  You know – those sexy red peep toe platform stilettos that you considered spending your rent money on. Or, how about those fly round toe, leopard print sling backs with the red 5 inch heel (you just wont eat for a week)?  I understand just how you feel.  They look so nice and even though they may mutilate your feet and possibly cripple you, those shoes won’t talk back, you will get a lot of “yaaasssss hunty werk” and you will look stunning as you saunter down the street all while silently praying for mercy.  Anyway, having said all of that, shoes (such as a pump) should not slip up and down off of your feet like a flip flop nor should your feet look like bird claws hanging off of a perch.  It’s just not right.  You know those shoes don’t fit.  You just ruined an entire outfit.  If a shoe doesn’t come in your size, don’t buy it.  Also, while on the subject, visit your local nail shop for a pedicure before you wear shoes that will show any part of your foot.  And if you cant get to a nail salon, there is nothing wrong with an at home, DIY pedicure.

Lower Your Voice

In etiquette, how to, lifestyle on April 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm


So I’m on the train, listening to my music, enjoying my commute but suddenly finding it rather difficult to be at peace because a passenger insists on having a very loud conversation.  The conversation had no end in site and my ears began to bleed because I turned my music up to drown their voice out.

How many times have you been in a public place like the airport, doctor’s office or even a restaurant and have been forced to listen to someone’s loud telephone conversation?  Said offender just rambles on and on about whatever, disturbing the peace without any consideration for the people around them.

Or is it you? Are you the perpetrator. The one who just won’t at least lower their voice while in a public space.  Honestly no one cares about the sordid details of your life.

Now I’m not saying don’t talk on the phone and I won’t get into a long diatribe about social responsibility and manners (at least not now).  And I get it, some conversations are important and need to take place while you are out and about so consider the following when you are on the phone:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and lower your voice.
  • If you are using earbuds/earphones, you may not even realize how loud your voice is so take a bud out of one ear.
  • You may even try cupping your mouth as you speak.  I know, it’s kind of weird but it works.  I once sat next to a gentleman who was on the phone the entire commute and could barely hear him talk because he had cupped his mouth.  Now maybe he was talking about something top secret – who cares.  Point is a measure was taken so as not to really be heard by anyone except the person he was directly speaking to.
  • If possible, excuse yourself and go somewhere more private.
  • Tell the person you will call them back.

Hopefully these few tips will cause you to be more mindful when you take a phone call in public.  If you have loud people in your life, perhaps a sibling, cousin, best friend, enemy, make sure they read this :0)

Lip Action

In beauty, how to, makeup on April 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

 I have become obsessed with liquid lipsticks. I love the way they glide over the lip and dry down to a beautiful matte finish and the color usually stays until I take it off.   I actually prefer a matte lip, unless of course it’s a nude color because to me matte nude can look more ashy crusty as opposed to a matte color in other shades.  Matte finishes look very sophisticated and bring attention to the beautiful texture of a full lip.  The best way to wear a matte shade of any kind is to make sure the lips are exfoliated and hydrated.  While doing the rest of your makeup, let a lip balm penetrate and soften the lips.  This acts as a buffer to the sometimes aggressive formulations of a matte finish.  I always like to use a liner to shape, define and fill in most of the lip and then with careful precision, apply my liquid lipstick.  For extra precision, I take the tip of the applicator and re-line the lip.  Afterwards, if necessary, take a concealer to go around the lip for clean up.  Are there any rules for choosing a color?  No.  Choose a color that resonates with you.  One that excites you.

 

Woman On The Go

In beauty, fashion, hair, how to, lifestyle, makeup on April 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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You are a very busy woman – constantly on the go.  Work. Meetings. School. Dates. Family. Plotting world domination – the list goes on.  With all of the things that you have to do , your beauty and well being shouldn’t have to suffer or take a back-burner to the other important things in your life.

The following tips are not exhaustive however they can definitely begin to help you fine tune your lifestyle routine by taking some time out at the beginning of your week to plan accordingly.  You can even do these things at beginning or end of your day.

1. Select your clothes at the start of the week.  Think of coordinates that you can mix and match and do double duty such as a three piece suit that you can break down into separate outfits or tops and bottoms that are interchangeable.  Consider any activities or events taking place that you may attend so that you can plan those outfits accordingly.  Make sure all your underwear, accessories, shoes, etc. are prepped – polished, cleaned, ironed, etc. and ready to go for the upcoming week.

2. Choose a couple of hairstyles that you can do quickly and flawlessly, especially if you don’t have a short hair cut (which actually still takes a lot of maintenance).  Whether you wear your hair in a top knot, chignon, braids, weave or other type of style,  it is  important to figure out what are the best methods, techniques, products and tools for your hair.  It may mean you prep your hair at night before you go to bed.

3. Decide on a few simple make up looks.  Some weeks it gets super intense so all I have to give to the world is a cat eye and a red lip (supported by a good foundation, lashes and blush).  If foundation isn’t your thing, think in terms of  a

Also, I am quick to turn a purple eyeliner into a lipliner and add gloss so also consider makeup and other beauty products that can multitask such as

  • Nars Multiple which can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks
  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer which is a sheer illuminator, available in several hues, which gives skin beautiful radiance.  It can be used alone on the high points of the face (think center of forehead and nose, cheekbones, chin as well as cupid’s bow) or mixed in with your foundation or face moisturizer for an all over glow.
  • Smashbox Always Sharp 3d Liner – it is always sharp with the twist of the cap and the creamy formula can be used as an eyeshadow base.
  • Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment and even Rosebud Salve which not only heals and soothe skin but can be used on brows, lids, or mixed with powder shadow to create a creamy shadow.

In addition to using products that multitask, make sure you are working from a well organized space and/or set up your products.  To save myself time in the morning, I line up my jewelry and makeup, including makeup brushes, on my vanity so I don’t have to shuffle, rumble and fuss my way through my morning beautification process.

4. If you take your lunch, consider prepping it at night and put your keys in your lunch bag (just don’t forget where your keys are when it’s time to leave in the morning).  You can also prep your meals for the week on your day off.  This will take some discipline and planning ahead but can save you some time and money at the grocery store as well.  Also think of quick breakfast options which you can find Pinterest and even here.

5. Create a to do list.  Get a notebook, planner or use your phone to write down the important tasks that need to get done the upcoming week and break that down into daily goals. Have a perpetual grocery list and a personal items list so that you don’t forget anything.

6.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get up in the morning.  It is extremely tempting to hit that snooze button and roll over however train yourself to get up when the alarm goes off.  In addition, give yourself extra time to read, pray, meditate, workout, etc.  It makes for a smoother transition in the morning.